This is the title of an editorial (LINK) in today's NYTimes, which I submitted a comment on. It wasn't approved, so here it is on my own blog:
We all understand and accept that our own lives and the lives of family and friends mean more to us than the lives of strangers.
However, all strangers are not equal. There are strangers whom we relate to and identify with far more readily than with others, and one of the main factors influencing this is RACE.
Race is not the "social construct" that the state and state ideology would have us believe it is (except when you try dividing closely related peoples from the same subcontinent into different races, as the Nazis insanely did), but real and important. Not in the way that racial supremacists believe it is, but because central to any deep and meaningful sense of both personal and group identity.
It is the STATE which is the real "social, i.e. economic and power-political, construct", which deceitfully poses as our NATION, in order to legitimise itself, its ruling elites and the immense power they wield and abuse, to their own personal advantage and that of favoured (especially wealthy) clients.
This is what not just America needs to recognise and develop an understanding of, so that instead of trying to bend human nature to suit the state and its purposes, we can learn to adapt the state, its institutions and moral code to better suit human nature and needs.
This is how to go about resolving America's racial problems, rather than with accusations of "racism".
I elaborate in this BLOG.